Landmark signing to kick off Gladstone hydrogen project

Landmark signing to kick off Gladstone hydrogen project

Hydrogen in the Gladstone Region is one step closer, with the historic signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a Gladstone H 2 Ecosystem.

Sumitomo Australia (Sumitomo), Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC), Gladstone Regional Council (GRC), Australian Gas Networks (AGN) as part of the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) and CQUniversity Australia (CQU) have joined forces to explore opportunities to develop a hydrogen ecosystem in Gladstone.

The ecosystem will initially pursue domestic offtake and mobility solutions before moving to enable large-scale export.

GPC Acting CEO Craig Walker said Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy and Queensland’s Hydrogen Strategy sets a vision for a clean, innovative, safe and competitive industry that benefits all Australians.

“With an exceptional Port and the ability for the region to develop an abundance of clean energy, Gladstone is positioned to be Australia’s leading hydrogen export location by 2030.” Mr Walker said.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said he welcomes the development to the region, supporting the scale-up from domestic generation and utilisation to

“We are perfectly positioned to establish Australia’s first hydrogen ecosystem, and we have five parties that are fully committed to seeing this through to fruition. Gladstone has an excellent track record for development, the early opportunities in domestic gas offtake and mobility are very exciting.” Cr Burnett said.

The MOU, signed at Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, sets out a three-phased plan, commencing in 2021, with the key end goal by 2030 to see hydrogen exported from Gladstone to the world.